How Gambia Is Selling Its Tuna For 136 Euro Per Ton To The EU
Gambia made a deal with the EU last Friday to sell 3300 tons of its tuna for only 136 euro per ton. Meanwhile, the EU Fish Price Report values tuna at 1.290 € per ton. Journalist Yusuf Taylor is making shocking calculations and able to ask some questions, you will not believe your ears if you hear what the answers are. Meet the people that are robbing the Gambia.
The ridiculous fishing deal the Gambia made with the EU
Last Friday, the EU and The Republic of The Gambia signed a new Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA) protocol, 22 years after the previous protocol expired. The new protocol covers a period of 6 years and will offer EU vessels the possibility to fish 3300 tons of tuna and tuna-like species as well as 750 tons of hake per year in the Gambian waters.
In return, the EU will pay The Republic of The Gambia a financial contribution of 550. 000 € per year. The new protocol will enter into force when the necessary legislative procedures for its conclusion have been completed.
Gambia Is Selling its tuna for 136 euro per ton to the EU
Gainako journalist Yusuf Taylor witnessed the meeting and calculated that the Gambia is selling its Tuna for 136 € per ton! 1000 kg of tuna for 136 €? In Europe it’s barely possible to buy a single tuna for this money. But in the Gambia Minister Gomez of Fisheries is kept in the illusion that he made a really good deal.
EU Fish Price Report values tuna at 1.290 Euro per ton
Meanwhile, the EU Fish Price Report values tuna at 1.290 € per ton and hake at 1,740 € per ton. This is a total value of 5.5 Million euros per year at these prices. In the movie the journalist is asking sharp questions. How is it possible that we sell our fish for a ridiculous price?
While asking Minister Gomez from fisheries if he could explain the gross disparity, the minister came up with excuses that totally make no sense. First another 350.000 is paid by the ship owners for fishing licenses for 6 years. The minister is saying it in a way that is sounds like a lot of money. But in fact all these fishing vessels together only pay the Gambia 58.000 euro each year. Which is again absolutely ridiculous.
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Minister Gomez just robbed his country for 4,5 million euro.
Going on to the next argument. The minister says the fishermen have to pay for their fishing gear, their fuel, salaries etc. The minister is almost creating the feeling that he feels for the fisherman and the costs their companies have to make. Let’s not forget that we are talking about massive factory ships here. Ships that catch as much fish in one day, as all the Gambian fishermen together in a whole year.
The Gambian minister is even telling that the ships are not even sure if they find fish. This is a problem that Gambian fisherman are facing daily. But these factory ships are equipped with high tech sonar that will find every school of fish. This argument is pure nonsense.
The minister is proudly saying he thinks he is a very good business man. But in fact he just stole more than 4,5 million euro from his own country and people. He should never have made this deal. It’s truly shocking that people who are thinking this way are in our government. This deal is a shame both to the Gambia and both to the EU.
The journalist is attacked by different people who are implicating he is all wrong and is asking stupid questions. In fact journalist Yusuf Taylor is touching
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These are the people who are going to kill us if we don’t act soon. They will run the Gambia straight into a famine. Our fish stocks are depleting completely and our minister just sold another 3.300.000 kg for a bargain.
The EU should be ashamed that it is making deals that are completely unsustainable and not benefitting West-African countries. They should give third world countries a fair price so they can develop their country and create jobs from this money.
Why Minister Gomez should resign
We are not far from the moment that the entire fishing sector will collapse simply because of the fact that all our fish is gone. We have enough young and talented people who should get a chance in politics. Because of Minister Gomez we have three (the fourth is being build) fishmeal factories that are dumping thousands of liters of highly arsenic waste water into our ocean every day.
Destruction is what they call development
We have totally uncontrolled fishing activities going on in our waters. Daily we get reports of dead washed up animals. Prizes of fish are skyrocketing on local markets are skyrocketing. People in villages are having problem breathing because of the intense stench from the fishmeal factories. Tourist are staying away from lodges near the smelly areas. Where is the end of all this destruction?
Are we going to wait until all our fish is gone and our tourism is destroyed? These people are not developing the Gambia but mostly their own wallets. We need young leaders with a passion for environment, not leaders with a passion for money. This has to stop before our children end up in a country with no food and no jobs.
Credits to the outstanding journalism go to Gainako’s: Yusuf Taylor
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